Christ Is Risen!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing eternal life!

Truly He is Risen!

Translations:

Syriac – Meshiha qam! Bashrira qam! Arabic- Al-Masih-Qam! Hakkan Qam! Ethiopian- Amharic- Kristos Tenestwal! Bergit Tenestwal!  Tigrigna – Christos tensiou! Bahake tensiou! Eritrea: Eyesus ten-si-ou!  ba-ha-ke ten-si-ou! Greek – Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη! Albanian (Tosk) – Krishti u ngjall! Vërtet u ngjall! Latin – Christus Surrexit! Surrexit vere! Georgian – ქრისტე აღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა! Armenian – Քրիստոս յարեաւ ի մեռելոց՜ Օրհնեալ է յայտնութիւնն Քրիստոսի՜ Bulgarian – Христос Возкресе! Воистина Возкресе! Serbian – Христос Воскресе! Ваистину Воскресе! Macedonian: Hristos voskresna! Navistina voskresna! Romanian & Moldovan – Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat! Irish – Tá Críost éirithe! Go deimhin, tá sé éirithe! Church Slavonic – (Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!) Russian – Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе! Belarusian – Хрыстос уваскрос! Сапраўды ўваскрос! Ukrainian – Христос Воскрес! Воістину Воскрес! Kazakh:  Khristos terildi! shyndap terildi! Finnish – Kristus nousi kuolleista! Totisesti nousi! Mandarin – 基督復活了 他確實復活了 Japanese – ハリストス復活!実に復活!Aleut – Kristus aq ungwektaq! Pichinuq ungwektaq! Yupik – Xris-tusaq Ung-uixtuq! Iluumun Ung-uixtuq! Swahili- Kristu amefufuka! Kweli amefufuka!Indonesian: Kristus sudah bangkit!  Dia benar sudah bangkit! Spanish:  Christo ha resucitado! En verdad ha resucitado!

“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! (St. Luke 24:1-6a)

For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.  . . . . then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 54b)

But for you who fear my name the Sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in [His] wings, You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall.” (Malachi 4:2)

“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing for joy. (Isaiah 35:5-6a)

The Orthodox Church has now entered into the Paschal Season, in which we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, as well as our own, for Christ’s resurrection brings for us our resurrection. Our Lord has defeated death by death. As He arose with a transformed body with which He could both eat fish and enter through closed doors, we will one day rise with new bodies, with capabilities beyond our present ability to conceive. Glory to Thee, our God, Glory to Thee!

“It is the day of the Resurrection! Let us adorn ourselves with the splendor of the festival and embrace one another! And let us say, O brethren, even unto those who hate us: ‘Let us forgive all things at the Resurrection, and thus let us cry out: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!’”

from http://www.monachos.net/content/patristics/patristictexts/157-ephrem-paschal-hymn

Paschal Hymn, by St. Ephrem the Syrian

I fall in adoration at your feet, Lord!
I thank you, God of goodness;
God of holiness, I invoke you,
on my knees, in your sight.

For me, an unworthy sinner,
you have willed to undergo the death of the cross,
setting me free from the bonds of evil.

What shall I offer in return for your generosity?

Glory to you, friend of men!
Glory to you, most merciful!
Glory to you, most patient!
Glory to you who forgive sin!
Glory to you who have come to save us!
Glory to you who have been made man in the womb of a Virgin!
Glory to you who have been bound!
Glory to you who have been scourged!
Glory to you who have been derided!
Glory to you who have been nailed to the cross!
Glory to you, laid in a sepulchre, but risen again!
Glory to you who have preached the Gospel to men and have been believed!
Glory to you who have ascended to heaven!
Glory to you, seated at the right hand of the Father and who will return with him, in majesty, among the angels, to judge those who have disregarded your passion!

The powers of heaven will be shaken;
all the angels and archangels, the cherubim and seraphim
will appear in fear and trembling before Your glory;

the foundations of the earth will quake
and all that has life will cry out before Your majesty.

In that hour let your hand draw me beneath Your wings,
and save me from the terrible fire, from the gnashing of teeth,
from the outer darkness and from despair without end.
That I may sing to Your glory:

Glory to Him who through His merciful goodness has designed to redeem this sinner.

Icon from The Bondservant

The Venerable Nikephoros the Leper †1964

St. Nikephoros the Leper

Three blog posts on St. Nikephorus.

He was a leper. But now he rests, alive in Christ,  awaiting the call of God, the day all will be resurrected from the dead, as all Christians do. His body will rise, as St. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:4, “further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.” Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

 Mystagogy: The Venerable Nikephoros the Leper (1890-1964)

Full of Grace and Truth: Selected miracles of St. Nikephoros the Leper

Full of Grace and Truth: Selected hymns to St. Nikephoros the Leper (source of the icon pictured)

Orthodox Christian Service (Diakonia)

Orthodox Diakonia

The purpose of this site is to promote reflection and understanding about the social thought and action of the Orthodox churches, in history and today.

Our Lord Jesus Christ washing the disciples feet; Ethiopian Icon

an introduction by Alexander Belopopsky

Churches and Organizations: A Survey of the main diaconal  (service) structures and organisations in the Orthodox Church 

The Finnish Orthodox Christian Page, in Engish (and Finnish, of course), with up-to-date news:

Filantropia Why are missions and diaconia important? 

See also

Sophia Institute, International Center for Orthodox Christian Thought and Culture: Philanthropy and Social Compassion in Eastern Orthodox Tradition  

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icon from Blue Eyed Ennis 

Stories of Young People from Russia with Disabilities

St. Dimitriy Tuptalo, Metropolitan of Rostov

Dmitry Antonov, a young man from Yenakievo, Ukraine, has created a Classmates group meant to tell the stories of people “who love live and want to live despite all the hardships.” It seems to focus on people with physical disabilites, but does not seem to be limited to that. 

It would seem that one would need to join Classmates for full access, but one can read the stories without joining up as well. To access this online group and their stories click on the links below.

Жизнь вопреки

English Translation (Life in Spite Of)

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icon from blogul proiectului ‘theodialogia’

Friendship Community’s Heart Gallery: Impacting the world with capabilities

The Christian organization I work with has an art workshop and gallery where the people in our group homes who have an interest and aptitude in art are guided in expressing their gifts. The gallery displays- for sale- both their art as well as the art of a number of local professional artists.

I work with a couple of the people pictured at their website. I count them as friends.

Impacting the world with capabilities is a central focus at Friendship Community. They may not know it, but they have a sister organization in the country of Lebanon, begun by an Orthodox Christian named Nadim Shwayri. The organization’s  name is Al Kafaat, which is the Arabic word for 

Abilities

Friendship Heart Gallery … expressing capabilities

The “Mona Lisa” is from the blog The Return of the Modern Philosopher
These websites can be accessed by the live URL’s in orange.

A glimpse of the creativity of Beth Hopkins

For one, Beth has a web blog: In Case of Fire, Use Stairs

Which begins, “Welcome to your Near-Beth-Experience”

A Post explaining the title: Entitlement

As the post explains, Beth has a disability. The post also reveals how she has retained a keen sense of humor not only in spite of the disability, but because of it!

The Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

She is also an Orthodox Christian. In this post she introduces a very important person in the Kingdom of Christ: Behold Your Mother: Getting to Know the Virgin Mary

(Who, when informed by the Archangel Gabriel that she was God’s chosen vessel to bear the Messiah, the Christ, responded, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” Is not, therefore, the Ever-Virgin Mary, the Theotokos,  not the true Ark of the new covenant? Without any doubt! Fittingly, we celebrate this event 9 months before Christmas on March 25th.)

Beth Hopkins not only goes to movies; she reads the book behind the movie, which is very important when you want to get behind Hollywood’s interpretation (distortion) of a literary classic. Here is her impressions of the Tolkien trilogy and the Hobbit: What I’m tolkien about: 3 lessons from the Lord of the Rings

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facial hair

2. Cool people have facial hair.

<See example.

In this highly personal post, Beth reflects on marriage and her use a wheelchair, and realistically appraises the situation: Look At Me: Why Looking Past Disability is Toxic for Relationships

Her conclusion:

Looking past me isn’t good enough anymore. It’s time to look at me. This, everything you see, and everything you don’t, is part of who I am. The perfect person for me is someone who loves and accepts all parts of me: typical and different.

Let’s not settle for relationships where someone looks past, ignores, or avoids any part of who we are. Let’s start to dream of someone who looks at us intently, and loves what they see.

(Beth’s posts cover quite a variety of subjects- popular music, movies, mission, and reflections on aspects life in general. Well, perhaps not in general, as the subjects are usually very specific and rarely mundane. But as this is an Orthodox Christian resource page, the next three posts mentioned are her personal insights on the Orthodox Christian Faith.)

A reflection on Psalms 23 and her journey of continual repentance: He hath converted my soul

as well as her exultant Paschal celebration: Happy New Year She writes,

Being someone who hates to feel stuck, I crave-and relish-the feeling of renewal. And to know I have it, and to spend an entire day immersing myself in the knowing, is a beautiful thing indeed.

A Poem by Beth based on Psalm 103: dust and back again

Her personal introduction from her blog “In Case of Fire, Use Stairs:”     Beth Who?

On You Tube:

Tweets: Bethahop

On a friend’s blog, two posts by Beth:

1. a letter to her friend’s very young son Sim discussing life in a wheelchair: Letter to Simeon

2. a response to her friend’s post Dreams of What is Not:

Sleepwalking

One of the articles by Beth Hopkins published on the Huffington Post: I Don’t Need Your Faith Healing

The weblog of Girada Marius

From the Weblog of Girada Marius:

Vreau sa lupt!

Translation from Romanian to English: I Want to Fight! (I write using the nose, but I write …)

Girada writes with his nose because, in his words, he has “ a physical disability in the first degree.” 

For his story, see About this author

“I received an email from Ana Maria Gabu with whom I met in 2010 at the Literary Editor and wants to interview me which was published in a magazine in Pitesti and the AVA review Timisoara.” (English translation)

In the following post, he shares his joy of finally being able to visit Putna Monastery:

CU AJUTORUL LUI DUMNEZEU AM AJUNS LA MANASTIREA SUFLETULUI MEU

Translation: With God’s help I reached my soul Monastery

(Take note that the translations into English published here have been done through Google translate, and not by a skilled translator. The translations seem clumsy because that’s the best automatic translation devices can do.  One can be sure that Mr. Marius’ writings are smooth and polished in the Romanian language.)

If the translations have expired, use the following translation site for a translation into your language:

Google Translate (Romanian to English) COPY AND PASTE


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